No, it wasn’t that JC, but there might have been some divine intervention tonight to help the Jays win tonight against Indiana St. 73-62 . It was the emergence of Justin Carter. As is the case with many JUCO players coming into the Bluejay program, it is this time of year that these players start to be the difference maker. The one you can depend on down the stretch. Justin was all over the court tonight and seemed like he was around for every rebound. His line for the night–17 points, 6-7 from the field, 2-3 from three, 3-4 from the free throw line, 8 rebounds, 4 steals, and 3 assists in only 23 minutes of play.
The other side of the coin was the view of Creighton’s future in Antoine Young. Young is continuing to press, seems to be a step faster than everyone else and not afraid to take it to the rim. He has been playing more and more minutes with 24 tonight. He had 12 points, but his 8 points in the first half is what kept the Jays going when no one else wanted to shoot the ball and looked tentative in playing. Understandable I guess after the horrible shooting on Saturday. But man, Antoine looks like he could be someone to lead this team down the stretch and if he continues to play like he is, then Cavel Witter and Josh Dotzler will see fewer minutes, though it does appear that Coach likes to use 2 of the 3 on the court at the same time. I know Josh doesn’t like to shoot, but unfortunately in some games he becomes ineffective because the opponents won’t cover him outside of 15 ft. and he will not be able to drive to the basket and kick out.
Overall, the Jays had 4 players in double figures with P’Allen Stinnett and Booker Woodfox being the other two. However, it took P’Allen until about 8 minutes left in the game to get things going by getting 1 of his 3 rebounds off a missed free throw and an off balance put back. He then reeled off a bunch of points over the next couple minutes and ended the game with a nice dunk, though a little excessive hanging that led to a technical. Booker had an up and down night, but hit some key shots throughout the game that kept things going.
Casey Harriman hit two straight wide open 3-pointers in the second half and again fought in the paint for rebounds.
Kyle Whelliston (of Midmajority.com and ESPN fame) was supposed to be in the stands tonight and I thought it was in the front row somewhere. I tried to find him, but I don’t think it was him. But, otherwise some random guy can get excited that he has his picture posted. Oh well. Anyway, this had to be a weird game for him to watch and probably not at all what he was expecting to see. I guess we can explain it that this team kind of played like it has all season and had enough this time to come out with the win. There are things I could be critical of, but I’m just happy they got a win. If we have to win ugly, then we can roll with it. Hopefully we can see the Jays continue to improve as they finish the homestand against Missouri St. before the Super Bowl. Should be fun.
Oh, and Qwest Center personnel–Thanks. I noticed the sound was noticeably louder tonight. Though I don’t know if it was because you turned it up or if all the empty seats helped the sound resonate a little better.
And the student section—Sorry excuse for basically no-showing tonight along with Billy Bluejay not being there. Whoever was supposed to be Billy today needs to be taken off the list. The students aren’t supposed to be fairweather fans, but I guess the haughty-taughty students can’t support their classmates when they need it the most. Thanks a lot student section. I threw up newspaper for you tonight.